My research focuses on the comparative examination of social inequality, especially with respect to race and ethnicity, in global perspective. This research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods, while drawing heavily upon contemporary theories of social cognition and categories. By deeply engaging with issues of measurement and methodology, it examines the complex relationships between social categories and social inequality; and extends into topics such as social demography, health, aging, social psychology, sociology of the body, political sociology, and comparative/historical sociology.
In addition to working on a variety of projects that correspond to these areas of interest, I am also completing a book manuscript, which is the first comparative, mixed-methods examination of the social and economic significance of skin tone and hair as markers of ethno-racial division in the U.S. and Brazil. It illustrates how these markers of ethno-racial division determine differential treatment in intimate, commercial and public spheres alike. These findings are mined to contribute to current (and historical) debates on the foundations and lived reality of ethno-racial inequality in the Americas, "colorism" in global perspective, and theories of group formation.
Monk, Ellis. 2016. “The Consequences of 'Race and Color' in Brazil" Social Problems: Forthcoming.
Monk, Ellis. 2015. “The Cost of Color: Skin Color, Discrimination, and Health among African Americans” American Journal of Sociology 121(2): 396-444.
Monk, Ellis. 2014. “Skin Tone Stratification among Black Americans, 2001-2003” Social Forces 92(4): 1313-1337.